The Bryant and Diane Hichwa Summer Research Awards

Professor Bryant Hichwa joined the Department in 2002, and retired in 2009. His involvement with SSU started as early as 1990, when he began teaching part-time while directing Research and Product Development at Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. (OCLI) in Santa Rosa. While at SSU, Dr. Hichwa taught both introductory level and upper division courses in Physics and revived a long dormant general education course, the Physics of Music. He was also the driving force behind the donation of considerable amounts of laboratory equipment from OCLI and other companies to establish SSU’s photonics laboratory within the Cerent Complex in Salazar Hall. SSU students continue to benefit from hands-on experiences with this state-of-the-art equipment. An inspiring and passionate teacher, Dr. Hichwa was awarded the 2005 SSU Excellence in Teaching award.

Each summer, research stipends will be available to outstanding students, who are selected by the department faculty to work in a position that is both educational to the student and useful to the department.


Professor emeritus Bryant and Diane Hichwa



Recipients of the Hichwa Assistantships

Kyle Johnson '19
Zach Tweedy '18
Shane Sylvester '17
Carmen Stepek '16
Nicole Peyko '15
Stephanie Church '14
Amandeep Gill '13
Jude Rowe '12
Cristhyan Alfaro '11'